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Losing streak reaches five games
Ducks beat SJ 4-3 in overtime
3/22/19 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks started the month of March by winning their first six games. Since then, they've done a complete about face and lost 5 in a row after dropping a 4-3 decision to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. San Jose continued to sputter without regulars Erik Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture. Special teams was particularly bad, surrendering two power play goals for the second time in the last 24 hours.

San Jose battled back from three separate one-goal deficits, only to allow Jakob Silfverberg to waltz in to their zone and score on the first shot of overtime, just 38 seconds in to the extra frame. The 3-on-3 overtime didn't favor San Jose who started the period with Evander Kane, Tomas Hertl and Brent Burns on the ice. Burns is a defensive nightmare, and Kane isn't a guy that's going to sell himself out on the backend. Both Burns and Hertl backed up on Silfverberg, who crossed the blueline and ripped a shot past Aaron Dell from 40 feet out. The Sharks pair went wide, rather than cutting off Silfverberg's shooting lane, allowing for the game winning blast.

Burns expanded on the dubious distinction of being second in the league in giveaways when he coughed up the puck trying to skate it out of his own zone. Ryan Getzlaf stripped the Sharks defenseman of the puck, immediately sending it back into the Sharks zone in front of Silfverberg. Rickard Rakell scooped up a drop pass from Silfverberg and ripped a shot from above the right circle, catching the top left corner of the net for his 12th goal of the season.

The Sharks flailed fruitlessly the rest of the period, squandering a pair of power play chances gifted to them by the Ducks.

Brent Burns wrapped up the period by taking a tripping penalty himself, which carried over into the start of the 2nd period.

The Sharks killed the Burns penalty, then tied the game at the 2:29 mark when Kevin Labanc found the back of the net for his 14th goal of the season. Labanc slipped to the slot when Marc-Edouard Vlasic fed a pass from the left wing boards. The sharks forward gathered Vlasic's feed, then reared back and snapped a shot pas John Gibson's left shoulder to tie the game at 1-1.

Anaheim would only muster 4 shots on goal in the period, but the Sharks could not build on Labanc's goal. San Jose clearly grabbed the initiative in the period, but the goals just didn't come with it.

Joakim Ryan put the Ducks back on the power play early in the 3rd period. Adam Henrique converted his 18th goal of the season on the man advantage at 2:41.

Devin Shore was sent off for slashing at 4:36 and the Sharks used the ensuing power play to convert the chance into a goal when Timo Meier punched home his 28th goal of the season after Joe Thornton fired a shot off Gibson from the left dot. Meier crashed the front of the net as Thornton's got past Giblson, sitting in the crease just in front of the left post. Meier reached behind Gibson to sweep home the Sharks 2nd goal of the game.

Referee Graham Skilliter influenced the outcome of the game by gifting a power play to Anaheim late in the game when he called Melker Karlsson for a phantom holding call. The Ducks converted when Rakell scored his 2nd goal of the game with 4:55 to play.

San Jose was left scrambling, but defenseman Justin Braun came through when he pinched on the right side and fired a deflection past Gibson for his first goal in 42 games. Braun last scored against Montreal back on December 2nd.

The Ducks ended things quickly in overtime to at least spare the Sharks from exerting any of the energy they had preserved in regulation.

Game Notes:

* Brent Burns set a Sharks franchise record for points by a defenseman with his 77th point of the season with his assist on Timo Meier's goal.

* Justin Braun enjoyed his 600th career NHL game by scoring his 2nd goal of the season.

* Gus Nyquist set a new career high with 55 points with his secondary assist on Justin Braun's goal.

* Aaron Dell's record dropped to 9-7-4 on the season, and doesn't appear to be a viable replacement to address Martin Jones' recent struggles. Both goltenders are sporting save percentages below .900 and goal against averages that are hovering around 3 goals per game. Those are not championship caliber metrics.

* The mystery that is Joonas Donskoi continues to baffle. Donskoi skated a paltry 10:44 of ice time on 17 shifts, accounting for no shots on goal, 1 missed shot and 1 giveaway.



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Scoring
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 0 1 2 0 3
ANA 1 0 2 1 4
1st period - 1, ANA, Rakell 12 (Silfverberg, Getzlaf), 7:58.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Labanc 14 (Vlasic, Sorensen), 2:29.
3rd period - 3, ANA, Henrique 18 (Perry, Silfverberg), 2:41, (pp). 4, SJ, Meier 28 (Thornton, ), 6:29, (pp). 5, ANA, Rakell 13 (Fowler, Terry), 15:05, (pp). 6, SJ, Braun 2 (Vlasic, Nyquist), 17:20.
Overtime - 7, ANA, Silfverberg 23 (Rakell, Fowler), 0:38.
Penalties
1st period - Manson, ANA (interference), 9:40; Ritchie, ANA (hooking), 15:46; Burns, SJ (tripping), 19:39.
2nd period - Holzer, ANA (slashing), 12:34.
3rd period - Ryan, SJ (holding), 1:05; Shore, ANA (slashing, 4:36; Lindholm, ANA (interference), 8:19; M. Karlsson, SJ (holding), 14:14.
Overtime - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 21 17
ANA - Gibson 26 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 9 11 6 0 27
ANA 8 4 8 1 21
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 5
ANA 2 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Jakob Silfverberg
Rickard Rakell
Josh Manson
Attendance
Honda Center - 17,174
Officials
Referees: Meier, Skilliter. Linesmen: Sericolo, Racicot.
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